In the Age of Modern Reason, to date back in earlier Centuries prior to our present time, the Christian perspective, together with its merits has been challenged. And one of those compelling opposition is the Modern Reasoning of Agnostics, whom they try to excavate the reason of the Humanity of Jesus Christ ( pointing to one of their many Cases against Christianity), disregarding “supernatural” precepts, knowing that it has nothing to do with the Scientific and Rational World.
Christians, as followers of the Scriptures (which is de facto a manuscript that amplifies Christ existence and Deity) have been aware on this oppositions, which was somehow widely accepted on a fast track. Apologetic’s and Commentaries has been made to amplify the claims of the Scriptures, the Bible, to defend the Christianity and oppose the rising movements. At some point, the church in an enigmatic way (granting the Supernatural aspect of Christianity, Divine Intervention) has preserved its power, and in fact took part in shaping the culture, governments of many nations in the entire globe. Up to this point in time, many questions are still arising in connection with Christianity, its Authority and most especially its Authenticity.
Now looking at the History, the earlier church fathers, defenders, saints (as prescribed by Apostle Paul) has done a great job in preserving the status of Christianity as supreme institution or I should say a “teaching”, despite of the prevailing oppositions which tends to shake the entire see-of-believers. The ball now is pass unto us, to all those who profess to be Christians in this Post Modern Age of Reason. How can we possibly sustain the existence of Christianity as a Universal, Morally Up high and Authoritative set of values instituted by a God, a Powerful and Genuine God in the midst of profound accusations against it?! The question of how can we defend Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to those smart, intelligent-brilliant guys out there, who seem to think that our faith is only driven by an extreme sympathy to the teaching of a brilliant man (named Jesus) just like Buddha, Gandhi, Rizal etc?, a religion by emotion.
That’s where the word TESTIMONY comes in.
Maybe some of you might wonder why Testimony is vital in this case? Isn’t the Scriptures a written testimony to prove that Jesus is true?! , questions which may pop-out in your mind as a thinking individual. Your correct, well in fact I insist that the Scripture itself may speak of the deity and authority of Jesus, in fact everything about Him is explained explicitly in the verses, parables, eschatology and etc which comprises the Bible as a whole.
But the Testimony that I am insisting is you, nobody else but you, YOU AS A PROFESS CHRISTIAN :) If we will remember when Jesus was tried by the Sanhedrin and Pharisees in the Synagogues (John 18:19-24) , one of the accusations against Him was allegedly He was teaching secretly at His disciples, which at that time a great offense due to the Political Status of the community, where seem to be apocalyptic and anytime a revolution might come as told by the Prophecy (which apparently they didn’t recognize that it has been fulfilled). Now Jesus answered in v.20 “Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in the synagogue or in the Temple, where all Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret.” Analyzing the context, the Pharisees are right when they accused Him of such violations, BUT the reason why Jesus answered such things is because of the fact that His teaching apparently is REFLECTED TO HIS DISCIPLES/STUDENTS, there is no secret teaching because everyday they went out to the temples to interact with other people, to bring salvation, to uplift morality and true faith which our Lord teach them, open for public scrutiny, there is nothing secret about that. Their life is an open book noted when Jesus is teaching them.
The same thing applies to us, the merits of the Bible,which we read and the things we does, the way we think, should posses a high affinity by either way or another. As ascribed by Apostle James in his epistle, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” (James 2:14) The great Testimony of Christianity is the Christians itself, the manifestation that we believe that we are already in the light of our Lord Jesus Christ must shine to the world, we must stand contrary to the wrong deeds of the world. If we follow Jesus Christ we must bring ourselves on the Ministry of the Poor, we must forget division but rather walk in Unity with Him (Ephesians 4), Treating others more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), glorifying God in every walks of our life (1 Cor. 10:31), Submitting to the Authorities for they are instituted by God (Romans 13), thinking no revenge, for God is a God of Justice (Romans 12:19) and many more. Virtues where Jesus stand and extol in His earthly ministry.
Doing contrary things to our belief/faith, is like saying that you believe that the Sun is rising at the East, but waiting at the west to see it shine? There must be a consistency in words and deeds expressed in the lives of the Early Church defenders, that’s why their campaign was such a success to their goals. We must admire and imitate the same character to sustain Jesus’ legacy, through the help of His Spirit. If we believe that Hell is real, and this are for those who did not follow the will of God, are we going to pursue are deeds in perpetuating God’s law? We have to make up our mind.
Romans 12:1-2, Paul encourage us to make our body a pleasing offering to Christ, Holy unto His sight, so that we may be worthy of the glory that will also revealed in us when Jesus Christ Himself was revealed ( 1 Peter 1:13). No amount of Exegesis could prove the Humanity and Deity of Christ is connected, Jesus is not just a mere Human but also Divine, as we Evangelicals insist. Without a manifestation of Faith (means to follow and trust w/o regrets) we can’t prove that we are following a real God.
Many are arguing what Bible Version could authentically and extravagantly present that the Scriptures are Sacred, true and authoritative. King James Version? Septuagint? ESV? NIV? or any versions that use flowering words, but for me the GREAT TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE TO SUPPORT OUR CLAIMS ABOUT JESUS IS YOUR LIFE. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS REAL, YOU WILL SERVE AND WORSHIP HIM IN REAL. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOOD THEN WE WILL DO GOOD TO EVERY MOMENTS OF OUR LIFE, KNOWING THAT EVERY GOOD THAT YOU DID YOU’LL GET A REWARD FROM YOUR FATHER.IF YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS LOVE, THEN YOU’LL LOVE EVERYONE IRREGARDLESS OF THEIR STATUS . Also let us think that all this things are impossible without the guidance of the Holy Spirit who dwells in all real Christian believers. The whole task is not in us, we are only instruments of God to prove to this world that disregarding Him,everything about Him is foolishness.
Where do you stand? Is your testimony real?
Examine ourselves (1 Cor. 13:5)